Goals from Febian Brandy, Paul Downing and James Baxendale saw Walsall secure their fifth win in six games by convincingly beating Preston North End.

Brandy fired in from close range to hand the Saddlers an early lead.

Downing's first-ever goal made it 2-0 at half-time when he headed a Ben Purkiss cross past Thorsten Stuckmann.

Baxendale made sure of the Saddlers' victory at Deepdale when he fired home from just inside the box before Bailey Wright headed in a late consolation.

Walsall handed a debut to keeper Ian McLoughlin, who was signed on loan from MK Dons until 9 February before the match to cover Karl Darlow's enforced return to Nottingham Forest.

Preston, who brought in Stuckmann for the injured Steve Simonsen, named former Chelsea keeper Rhys Taylor on the bench, following his arrival on non-contract terms.

North End also announced on Sunday that Jamaican winger Keammar Daley has had his contract terminated mutual consent.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"We were fantastic, to a man. We were organised, stuck to our game plan, broke them down, won second balls, passed it well and were clinical up front.

"The only blot was their goal, which was a shame for Ian McLoughlin, who made one great save from the free-kick and another in the first half low down to his right and deserved a clean sheet.

"We're on a good run, having won five out of our last six, but we don't go setting any silly targets. We've got some tough games coming up and, just like we did when were on our losing run, we'll carry on taking each game as it comes."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Preston

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 26 Wright
  • 27 Foster
  • 08 Wroe
  • 11 Holmes (Hayhurst - 80' )
  • 17 Monakana (Byrom - 65' )
  • 19 Welsh
  • 22 King (Cummins - 72' )
  • 14 Garner
  • 29 Beavon

Substitutes

  • 35 Taylor
  • 05 Robertson
  • 13 Byrom
  • 18 Procter
  • 20 Beardsley
  • 24 Hayhurst
  • 09 Cummins

Walsall

  • 28 McLoughlin
  • 04 Butler
  • 14 Purkiss
  • 20 Benning
  • 22 Downing
  • 07 A Chambers
  • 24 Baxendale (Hemmings - 79' )
  • 27 Mantom
  • 09 Grigg (Bowerman - 87' )
  • 10 Paterson
  • 12 Brandy (J Chambers - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Grof
  • 02 Taundry
  • 25 J Chambers
  • 26 Taylor
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 17 Bowerman
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 9,823

Match Stats

Shots

16 17

On target

9 12

Corners

5 3

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:33

Stuart Beavon delivers the ball, Graham Cummins has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

90:00 +1:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Bailey Wright - Preston 1 - 3 Walsall Bailey Wright finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Preston 1-3 Walsall.

90:00 +1:22

Unfair challenge on Joe Garner by Malvind Benning results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joel Byrom.

89:36

Shot from just outside the box by Joel Byrom misses to the right of the goal.

89:20

William Hayhurst crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul Downing.

86:14 Substitution

Substitution Will Grigg leaves the field to be replaced by George Bowerman.

85:51 Substitution

Substitution James Chambers replaces Febian Brandy.

85:40

Shot on goal by Will Grigg from just inside the area goes over the target.

85:13

William Hayhurst takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Downing.

84:30

John Welsh crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Graham Cummins goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

82:59

Febian Brandy challenges David Buchanan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Beavon crosses the ball in from the free kick.

80:53

Joel Byrom concedes a free kick for a foul on Febian Brandy. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Paterson.

80:37

Unfair challenge on Febian Brandy by William Hayhurst results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Paterson.

80:03

Joel Byrom challenges Ben Purkiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.

79:22 Substitution

Substitution Lee Holmes leaves the field to be replaced by William Hayhurst.

78:07 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Hemmings on for James Baxendale.

76:31

The referee penalises Adam Chambers for handball. Lee Holmes takes the direct free kick.

72:28

Ben Purkiss fouled by Joe Garner, the ref awards a free kick. Ian McLoughlin takes the free kick.

72:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Buchanan by Ben Purkiss. Stuart Beavon crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Adam Chambers.

71:04 Substitution

Substitution Graham Cummins replaces Jack King.

70:49

James Baxendale concedes a free kick for a foul on John Welsh. Luke Foster takes the direct free kick.

70:13

Nicky Wroe takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

68:57

Shot from just outside the area by Joel Byrom misses to the right of the target.

68:51

The ball is delivered by David Buchanan, Paul Downing manages to make a clearance.

68:09

Andy Butler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Garner. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Lee Holmes from right wing, clearance made by Andy Butler.

67:17

A cross is delivered by Lee Holmes, clearance made by Andy Butler.

66:28

Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Beavon from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Joe Garner from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

65:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Baxendale. Thorsten Stuckmann takes the free kick.

64:42 Substitution

Substitution Joel Byrom is brought on as a substitute for Jeffrey Monakana.

64:32

The ball is crossed by David Buchanan, blocked by Ben Purkiss.

61:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Grigg on David Buchanan. Thorsten Stuckmann takes the free kick.

61:24

James Baxendale takes a shot. Bailey Wright gets a block in.

60:13

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Paterson played to the near post, Luke Foster makes a clearance.

59:40

Sam Mantom takes a shot. Blocked by David Buchanan.

59:01

Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Beavon.

58:41

Lee Holmes takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

57:50

Ben Purkiss gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Beavon. Free kick taken by Lee Holmes.

57:24

The ball is delivered by David Buchanan, blocked by Ben Purkiss.

55:29

Assist by Will Grigg.

55:29 Goal scored

Goal! - James Baxendale - Preston 0 - 3 Walsall A goal is scored by James Baxendale from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Preston 0-3 Walsall.

54:31

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Jack King.

53:43

Will Grigg takes a shot. Save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

52:52

The ball is crossed by David Buchanan, clearance made by Paul Downing.

52:08

Will Grigg concedes a free kick for a foul on John Welsh. Free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.

51:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Buchanan on Febian Brandy. Free kick taken by Ben Purkiss.

50:58

Febian Brandy concedes a free kick for a foul on John Welsh. Direct free kick taken by Luke Foster.

50:23

Foul by Joe Garner on Andy Butler, free kick awarded. Ian McLoughlin takes the free kick.

50:15

A cross is delivered by Jeffrey Monakana.

46:59

Will Grigg takes a shot. Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.

46:14

A cross is delivered by David Buchanan, Paul Downing makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:15

Lee Holmes produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

44:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Downing on Joe Garner. Stuart Beavon crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Andy Butler.

43:52

Effort from outside the penalty box by Sam Mantom goes wide right of the target.

42:36

Nicky Wroe concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Mantom. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.

41:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bailey Wright by Will Grigg. Direct free kick taken by Bailey Wright.

40:39

Ben Purkiss produces a cross, clearance by Luke Foster.

39:40

Adam Chambers handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Lee Holmes restarts play with the free kick.

37:45

The assist for the goal came from Ben Purkiss.

37:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Downing - Preston 0 - 2 Walsall Paul Downing scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Preston 0-2 Walsall.

37:09

Nicky Wroe concedes a free kick for a foul on Febian Brandy. Strike comes in from Will Grigg from the free kick, clearance by Malvind Benning.

35:01

The referee blows for offside. Thorsten Stuckmann restarts play with the free kick.

34:45

Sam Mantom takes a shot. Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.

33:33

Effort from outside the penalty box by James Baxendale goes wide right of the goal.

32:27

Centre by Jeffrey Monakana.

31:32

The assistant referee flags for offside against Febian Brandy. Thorsten Stuckmann restarts play with the free kick.

30:32

Jamie Paterson delivers the ball, clearance made by Jack King.

29:33

Stuart Beavon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.

27:27

Shot by James Baxendale from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

26:48

Nicky Wroe produces a cross, Ian McLoughlin makes a save.

24:44

Luke Foster takes a shot. Andy Butler makes a clearance.

24:23

Corner taken by Stuart Beavon, clearance by Paul Downing.

24:07

Stuart Beavon takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Malvind Benning.

23:54

Nicky Wroe takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

21:45

The referee blows for offside against Lee Holmes. Indirect free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.

20:20

Corner taken by Lee Holmes played to the near post, Jamie Paterson makes a clearance.

19:19

Malvind Benning concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeffrey Monakana. Lee Holmes produces a cross, Joe Garner takes a shot. Blocked by Malvind Benning.

18:56

Joe Garner challenges Febian Brandy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

17:34

The assist for the goal came from Will Grigg.

17:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Febian Brandy - Preston 0 - 1 Walsall Goal scored by Febian Brandy from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Preston 0-1 Walsall.

17:00

Ben Purkiss crosses the ball, Will Grigg takes a shot. Save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

16:30

David Buchanan challenges Febian Brandy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Mantom restarts play with the free kick.

16:03

Centre by Lee Holmes, clearance made by Andy Butler.

15:56

Stuart Beavon crosses the ball.

14:52

The ball is swung over by David Buchanan, Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Save by Ian McLoughlin.

14:39

Centre by David Buchanan, clearance by Paul Downing.

13:13

The ball is crossed by Jamie Paterson.

12:13

The ball is delivered by Jeffrey Monakana, Joe Garner has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

9:50

Lee Holmes produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

9:18

Febian Brandy fouled by Lee Holmes, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

7:10

Centre by Lee Holmes, Ben Purkiss gets a block in.

6:59

The ball is crossed by Lee Holmes, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

4:59

Inswinging corner taken by Sam Mantom from the left by-line played to the near post, Lee Holmes makes a clearance.

4:26

Inswinging corner taken by Sam Mantom from the left by-line played to the near post, Andy Butler takes a shot. Save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

4:09

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

3:30

Foul by Nicky Wroe on Febian Brandy, free kick awarded. Andy Butler restarts play with the free kick.

1:24

Foul by David Buchanan on Febian Brandy, free kick awarded. Ben Purkiss takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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